Here Comes the Sun! How to Prepare for a Sustainable Summer *

Editor’s note:  Summer isn’t over yet!  Join Earth911 for a rebroadcast of this popular podcast.  The post Earth911 Podcast, June 10, 2019: Here Comes the Sun! appeared first on Earth 911.


Earth911 is getting ready for summer! Join Evelyn, Sarah, and Mitch to talk about preparations for a more sustainable summer.  We can all make improvements in how we garden, cook, travel, and make changes in energy use.

We start off in the garden with ideas about how to build DIY birdbaths, as well as how to use combinations of feeders and nativar plants to fill your yard with wild birds.  While you’re enjoying new feathery friends, turn down the air condition with these ideas: window treatments, using fans for real cooling effects (don’t leave them on when you leave a room), and lower energy costs.

We can also reduce our watering in the yard by embracing vertical gardening and arbors. Keep household and garden pests in check with natural repellents and remedies, including our list of natural oils and herbs that help prevent infestations.

Entertaining is always a big part of summer and we’ve got ideas to help. First, take a look at these easy-to-build patio tables with built-in drink coolers. We talk through cooking and sustainable recipes, including solar ovens and solar cooking recipes, and how, when it’s too hot to cook outside you can use a Crock Pot or Instapot to keep the temperature down inside.

Finally, we look at vacation options and talk about the carbon impact of travel. Choose where you must go and learn to travel safely and naturally to reduce illness and stay full of energy.

The team also answers your Earthling Questions. Can store gift cards be recycled? How can I get a 55-gallon barrel of motor oil hauled away and recycled? Can old coaxial cables and wires be recycled?


This post was originally published on June 10, 2019.

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